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Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« on: July 17, 2013, 04:58:57 pm »
As a companion to the killscreener timeline, here is a chronology of every known million-point player's first "rollover."

All of Billy Mitchell's three TG-verified million point performances have since been "de-verified" and struck from the high score lists of both TG and DKF, which you can read about here. Whether or not Mitchell ever actually achieved a legitimate million point score (prior to 2018) is now considered unknown. I have, however, left him on the list as an "asterisked entry", since his early scores were accepted at one time, and are (obviously) highly significant to the history of this game.

Are there any names missing? Perhaps. Based on his YouTube videos, Ben Mazowita seems extremely capable, but he isn't part of the community. There is also a rumor of a player from Japan who achieved a million-point game (on the US version) at some point prior to 2015, but this player is unknown to us as well.

We can be reasonably confident, at any rate, that Steve Wiebe's 1,006 was the first-ever million point game of DK, and that no more than a handful of players (if any) are missing from this list.

-#--PlayerDateScorePlatformVerification?
1Steve Wiebe6/4/20041,006,600ArcadeTG (rejected but legit)
*Billy Mitchell6/7/20041,047,200ArcadeTG (SEE THREAD HERE)
2Tim Sczerby12/31/20081,024,100ArcadeNone (replay streamed 8/1/09)
3Scott Kessler*  4/27/20081,000,600ArcadeNone
4Dean Saglio5/7/20091,026,700MAMETG (1st MAME million)
5Hank Chien9/13/20091,037,700ArcadeNone (official TG score came later)
6Vincent Lemay9/11/20101,002,700MAMETG (2nd MAME million)
7Jeff Willms* 8/16/20111,107,600MAMETG (3rd MAME million)
8David McCrary12/30/20111,015,000ArcadeTG (4th TG-ranked arcade million)
9Mark Kiehl1/22/20121,016,500ArcadeTG
10Kyle Goewert*  4/27/20121,012,800ArcadeTG
11Benjamin Falls5/5/20121,010,400ArcadeStream
12Shaun Boyd*  5/21/20121,037,500ArcadeTG
13Steve Wiltshire1/27/20131,019,600ArcadeTG
14Philip Tudose2/22/20131,005,700MAMEMARP
15Robbie Lakeman3/6/20131,007,600MAMEStream
16Svavar Gunnar Gunnarsson5/29/20131,008,800ArcadeLive
17Mike Groesbeck6/21/20131,023,600ArcadeTG
18Jon McKinnell*  7/7/20131,025,200ArcadeStream
19Jeff Wolfe9/22/20131,054,900ArcadeStream
20Corey Chambers9/24/20131,008,100ArcadeStream
21Ross Benziger* 9/27/20131,136,500ArcadeTG
22Mick Winzeler1/5/20141,018,300ArcadeYouTube
23Wes Copeland5/4/20141,028,200MAMEStream
24Jason Wade1/1/20151,027,100MAMEStream
25Ethan Daniels1/10/20151,041,100ArcadeStream
26Shawn Robinson*  1/24/20151,022,700ArcadeTG
27Jonathan McCourt4/16/20151,002,300MAMEStream
28Daniel Desjardins*  6/21/20151,059,700ArcadeStream
29Graham Hawkins*  7/6/20151,045,900MAMEStream
30Andrew Barrow  8/14/20151,014,600MAMEStream
31John McCurdy 8/17/20151,010,500MAMEStream
32Tanner Fokkens 11/7/20151,004,100ArcadeStream
33Martin Laing*  3/5/20161,026,800ArcadeStream
34Jason Corey Brittain 3/22/20161,001,600MAMEStream
35Thomas Bauer 5/5/20161,019,000MAMEStream
36Joe DuPree*  8/14/20161,008,700ArcadeStream
37"DKK-OKINAWA"*  12/26/20171,014,400ArcadeStream
38"ACU-AZU" 1/1/20181,046,600ArcadeTwitter
39Estel Goffinet*  1/12/20181,031,200ArcadeStream
40Scott Cunningham*  3/11/20181,064,500MAMEStream
41J P Buergers 12/17/20181,110,200MAMEStream
42Justin Elliott  5/12/20191,068,500MAMEStream
43David Lyne*  8/11/20191,007,300MAMEStream
44"FloBeamer1922"*  8/17/20191,032,100MAMEStream
45Matt Tecchio  9/2/20191,052,600ArcadeStream
46Josh Mayden*  5/26/20201,027,700ArcadeStream
47Steven Kleisath*  7/21/20201,001,800ArcadeStream
48Brad Williamson*  8/30/20201,001,300MAMEStream
49Laura Neville*  10/04/20201,003,900ArcadeStream
50James Cook*  11/28/20201,009,200ArcadeStream

*  - denotes an "unimproved PB": a player whose first million remains his personal best score. Players with no *  have scored higher since their first million.

NOTE: Scott Kessler is the only player on this list who does not appear on the DKF High Score List (no video or other verification of this score exists).

By year:
1981-2003: 0
2004: 1
2005: 0
2006: 0
2007 (King of Kong released): 0
2008: 2
2009: 2
2010: 1
2011: 2
2012: 4
2013: 9
2014: 2
2015: 9
2016: 4
2017: 1
2018: 4
2019: 4
2020: 5
« Last Edit: December 02, 2020, 01:44:57 pm by ChrisP »
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4 Quarters :-* - 800K Avg. Per Qtr. :o - No Restarts 8) - No Proof :'(

7/26/2013   Coin 35,946   710,800   18-1
7/28/2013   Coin 35,947   903,700   22-1
8/16/2013   Coin 35,948   694,100   17-6
8/17/2013   Coin 35,949   893,100   22-1

3,201,700: the $1 World Record?
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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 05:01:52 pm »
love it. MARP oh yer
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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 05:05:24 pm »
Good to have that ;-).

I lol'ed at Jeff's score of 1.1m. Jeff said: Screw 1m, I'm gonna get 1.1m! YOLO!
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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 05:05:42 pm »
Oops, I have your date wrong Phil. I know it was February, do you know the date?

You over-wrote that .inp with your 1,050 game.
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4 Quarters :-* - 800K Avg. Per Qtr. :o - No Restarts 8) - No Proof :'(

7/26/2013   Coin 35,946   710,800   18-1
7/28/2013   Coin 35,947   903,700   22-1
8/16/2013   Coin 35,948   694,100   17-6
8/17/2013   Coin 35,949   893,100   22-1

3,201,700: the $1 World Record?
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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 05:13:14 pm »
Oops, I have your date wrong Phil. I know it was February, do you know the date?

You over-wrote that .inp with your 1,050 game.

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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2013, 05:21:34 pm »
I'm glad I put together most of this info last year, before the TG forum went down. This would not have been possible otherwise.

FFS, we really, really need to pry the old TG forum out of Richie's hands, since its obvious that he never plans to put it back up.

I'm looking through this file I have that has notes on various TG threads, and I want so badly to be able to read them. There is SO much DK history on that forum. I know it doesn't matter to Richie, but it matters to me, and others.
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4 Quarters :-* - 800K Avg. Per Qtr. :o - No Restarts 8) - No Proof :'(

7/26/2013   Coin 35,946   710,800   18-1
7/28/2013   Coin 35,947   903,700   22-1
8/16/2013   Coin 35,948   694,100   17-6
8/17/2013   Coin 35,949   893,100   22-1

3,201,700: the $1 World Record?
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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2013, 05:52:16 pm »
Don't forget about the female player from Washington that did it in early 1982... I "know", because Cat told me.
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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2013, 09:15:38 pm »
1M is the new killscreen.

Great list!  A few notes/corrections (off the top of my head so you may want to double check me):

Steve Wiebe's 1.006M game was done on an 8 way joystick (not 100% sure)

As you mention, Billy did have an unofficial 1.014M or something like that, but his first official submission was was 1,047,200.  (see http://superbunker.com/resources/dkt/)

Scott Kessler's 1M was done at home.  His FS performance was just a run through (89xK).

My first 1M was at home and not TG verified (TG recording rules at the time didn't allow recorded 1M scores).


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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2013, 09:31:42 pm »


My first 1M was at home and not TG verified (TG recording rules at the time didn't allow recorded 1M scores).

Looking back at that, this has to be one of the worst rules ever instituted.  Thankfully they got rid of it.
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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2013, 10:41:46 pm »
Thanks for the info, Hank.

It's really too bad that Tim Sczerby kept his first million to himself. If he was sore about not getting recognition in KoK, the adulation over being the third player to a million would have at least healed the wound a little, not to mention told the world that he was right up there with Billy and Steve. I understand why he'd have a beef with TG in 2008, obviously, but why bother even doing it to prove yourself to everybody if you're not going to let it be known that you did it?

And his 1,032 in 2010 is still a huge score even today. He's angry about being pushed aside, but ever since the movie it's almost like he's pushing himself aside.

As for Steve, I'm not gonna worry about or note the 8-way. That game is too important to question on a technicality (especially since the technicality makes the game harder!)
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4 Quarters :-* - 800K Avg. Per Qtr. :o - No Restarts 8) - No Proof :'(

7/26/2013   Coin 35,946   710,800   18-1
7/28/2013   Coin 35,947   903,700   22-1
8/16/2013   Coin 35,948   694,100   17-6
8/17/2013   Coin 35,949   893,100   22-1

3,201,700: the $1 World Record?
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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2013, 07:07:53 am »
Players who have NOT yet improved on their initial 1M score: Kessler, Goewert, Falls, Boyd, Wiltshire, Gunnarsson, Groesbeck. (7 out of 18)

Jeff Willms makes it 8 out of 18, although improving on a score of 1,107,600 represents a more difficult challenge (compared to the others).

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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2013, 07:27:13 am »
Scott Kessler actually self-reported that he had improved on his initial 1M game, but he never made the score known publically.  I think because of his general reputation it was believed to be true.

It's really too bad that Tim Sczerby kept his first million to himself.

I think the reason(s) he withheld his scores were:

- TG 1M point rule (it's not a coincidence that every arcade 1M game on this list in 2008-2009 was unofficial)

- He did not want to submit unless he broke the WR at the time (1.05M).


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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2013, 08:12:45 am »
I love the idea of a rule that says 1 million points+ must be done live. It's like my feelings on how you have to get out of your comfort zone, codified into law.

You want recognition, you gotta deliver the goods while the pressure's on, baby!  ;D

(And before anyone gets all upset by it, know that I mean baby as a term of endearment and not in a derogatory fashion.)


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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2013, 08:21:08 am »
Trivia question (I'm actually not sure of the answer):

Who had the first live 1M point game?

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Re: Donkey Kong Million Point Timeline
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2013, 08:35:01 am »
Good question! Steve Wiebe didn't even get 1m live in KoK (got lik 985k?). Hasn't Scott Kessler gotten 1m in like 2009 or something like that at Funspot?

Don't tell me Hank you're the one that got 1m+ live the first at Funspot with your 1.09m?
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